The Profiler is able to create very special sounds.
This page collects all the hints for setting able to emulate or evoke other instruments than an electric guitar.
If you’re interested in more creative ways to use an electric guitar, you may refer to this thread where David Torn shows his skills on programming his Profiler.
Also, paults has been collecting his creations on Soundcloud. See here.
Emulating a 12-string guitar
In the pitch shifter, shift the pitch up +12, and mix the effect lower than the dry guitar. There will be a sweet spot, where you hear just enough effect, without it sounding too "cartoonish".
A pseudo-12-string effect is worth trying in front and behind the stack section. It depends on the guitar and kind of profile.
Try a chorus or the detune effect in the block behind your pitch shift - it helps the artefacts that may be present in a chord that has been shifted that far up.
Emulating a pedal steel guitar
Here's a tweak suggestion that will likely help your solid body sound closer to a pedal steel. You'll need at least one Rig per key:
- Two voices of Harmonic pitch would provide pedal steel moving chord change effects, with string bends.
- It would sound even more dynamic if played with a slide.
- A fair amount of compression (maybe amp compression, too?), and some quiet multiple repeat tap tempo delay will help to get closer to the sustain that pedal steels have.
I worked on the Chromatic Pitch effect. Try this out for a pedal steel effect:
- Voice 1 Pitch = 3;
- Voice 2 Pitch= -2;
- Detune = 0.00;
- Voice Mix = 0.0;
- Mix = 50%;
- Ducking = 0.0;
- Volume = 0.0
Play only single strings. Sounds best with a Tele or other bright guitar. I used it with my Clean JTM30 profile. Big grin on my face.
Emulating a bass guitar
Pitch shifting before an amp will sound more realistic to sound like a bass.
Try pitch-shifting a strat down -12, and playing it through a bass amp profile. That's how to claim your free Jazz Bass. If you are a Jack Bruce fan, use an SG, instead.
I posted a variety of new vintage analog style synth FX rigs. They all have a bypassed amp/cabinet, so they would sound less like a guitar. They are all very touch sensitive. Try using different guitar volume, tone and pickup selection - you will hear a wide range of sounds in the ensemble and layer rigs.
- Muff Moog 2+ – This is meant to sound like a 1970s Mini Moog lead. It has multiple detuned "oscillators", and whammy pedal for the up/down portamento in "Lucky Man", "Riding The Storm Out", etc.
- TouchLayerSyn – As the name suggests, it responds to they way it is played. Low volume/light touch is different than playing harder. Fingerpicking works well, and makes it easier to play keyboard voicings. Try palm muting the strings for pizzicato.
- VoxContOrg – This sound reminded me of old Elvis Costello, 96 Tears, etc. It is a dirty organ with vibrato - fingerpick to make it easier to pick three strings at once, to sound more like an organ.
- BassMoogTouch – Turns a guitar into a synth bass, with enough touch sensitivity for funky bass lines.
- Ensemble Synth – Many sounds in this one, too. More 70s sounding than the TouchLayer.
- Fuzz Horn Lead – Pick hard, and the filter opens up. It is possible to adjust the filter to suggest different kinds of horns.
The profile on the Rig Exchange is called Lasers. Here’s the related thread with soundclip.
Chromatic pitch (FW 1.8) is awesome! Try this:
- 1st voice: -12;
- 2nd voice: +12;
- voice mix: 0;
- mix: 50.
Put the fx before the amp and add a rotary after the amp. Instant Hammond organ.
mba - Nice tip. It works better without the stack section IMO.
Try the rig CK Rotary. It contains a profile of a real Leslie. The profile is virtually indistinguishable from the original. That will make you even a better roaring organ!
All you need is the Profiler noisegate and a high gain profile :-p You can hear a sample here, where guitar volume is very low at first, then goes all the way up - same profile.
Excellent! Let's hear some Bach! I'll also settle for Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King.